Internet censorship in China and the role of Google

Google has been under some pressure in the West for censoring searches linked to sensitive subjects such as democracy. Apprently even the BBC website has been blocked. Now Google is reviewing its position, and some have suggested that Google is no longer carrying out filtering on searches in China. The Chinese governement has emphasised that Google must comply with local laws and Google has denied that its policy in China has changed. Here is a link to a news report which suggests that some hitherto prohibited searches are now capable of being carried out:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35886780/ns/technology_and_science-security/page/1/
What is striking, quite apart from the obvious issues about the Internet and censorship, is the scope of Google’s activities and the power it has. There is possibly another freedom of expression concern; that of the congregation of informational power in private hands.

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